"Swedish drummer Martina Almgren declares
that she wants to combine strong rhythms with
expressive melodies. With her quartet of
sensitive musicians, she achieves that goal in
a bubbling lyrical mood. Yet even when the
group pushes the intensity, the marriage of
beat and melody are never far off."
Photo: Rolf Ohlson ©
Owe Almgren - el. bass Martina Almgren - drums
Björn Almgren - saxophone Tommy Kotter - piano
Almgren is a drummer and composer located in Goteborg on the Swedish wets
coast. Since 1998 she is also leader of her own jazz quartet, Martina
Almgren Quartet. With four CD recordings and frequently touring MAQ has
established as one of the most exciting and expressive live band at the
Swedish jazz scene today.
album "Bingo" release in October 2005 and will be
followed in November by a tour; "Pulsslagsturné" organized by Swedejazz.
Three weeks with concerts from Malmö in the south part of Sweden to Piteå in
and swing have always fascinated me. Particular with expressive melodies.
Growing up in the 70's with music of the likes of Stevie Wonder and Keith
Jarret, I used to put my headphones on and play tambourine to their records.
I really wanted to play the drums! Many of my tunes have started out as
different rhythmical ideas. Then I've tinkered them, linked strands of
melodies and harmonies together, until the piece felt finished. Getting
together with my fellow musicians Björn, Tommy and Owe, however, is what
really brings the music to life and sends it soaring - often enough to
completely new directions"